in Organiser and ?or so a full-page special interview of RSS general secretary Bhaiyaji Joshi in Organiser suggests. Governments own satellites because of these concerns, communities and even rich individuals could follow suit, how can I respect Parliament of present times? RecentlyJay Pandaan MP representing the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)has submitted three private members bills in Lok Sabha to address the issue of criminal legislators The current outrage against legislators with a criminal record is not new for shlf1314n politics Various government commissions in the past (especially the Vohra Commission in 1993) have recommended measures to deal with the criminal-politician nexus Civil society organisations have been calling attention to the criminalisation of legislative bodies in shlf1314 The Supreme Court intervened in 2002 and since thenall candidates contesting for elections have to compulsorily declare their criminal recordif anyand their assets In the face of this loud and persistent noise around the criminalisation of shlf1314n politicswe ask whetheronce electeddo MPs with a criminal record behave differently from their peers who do not have a criminal record To answer this questionwe collected five disparate measures of the performance of MPs We looked at their attendance in Lok Sabhatheir participation in Lok Sabha debates and questions raised by them in Lok Sabha These data were compiled by PRS Legislative Research Secondwe examined the utilisation of MPLADS funds that are allocated to MPs This data came from the ministry of statistics website Thirdwe collected data on the reported assets of MPs (the veracity of this information is questioned by many) and MPs criminal records from the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) The data is drawn from affidavits filed by the MPs ADR has meticulously collated and arranged the information to distinguish between two kinds of criminal records serious (with charges like kidnappingmurderetc) and those who are charged with less serious crimes We find that MPs with criminal records are statistically no different from their peers with no criminal record on five indicators mentioned above Firston average MPs are crorepatisand MPs with serious IPC charges are likely to have more assetsbut not much more On averagean MP with no charges declared assets of Rs 57 crorewhereas an MP with serious IPC charges declared assets of Rs 58 crore Figure 1 demonstrates that MPs with criminal charges are less likely to attend Parliament MPs with serious IPC charges have a 70 per cent attendance record in ParliamentMPs with non-serious charges have 74 per cent attendanceand MPs with no charges have 79 per cent attendance record Howeverwhen they do attend ParliamentMPs with criminal charges against them are more active than their peers Figure 2 indicates that they are more likely to raise questions on the floor of the House On averageMPs with serious IPC charges asked 272MPs with non-serious charges asked 305and MPs with no charges asked 232 questionsrespectively MPs with a criminal record are also equally likely to participate in debates on the floor of the House The average participation rate among MPs is 31 debates Figure 3 suggests that there is no difference between MPs who have been charged with a crime in their utilisation of MPLADS funds MPs with and without criminal charges against them have spent similar proportions of the funds allocated to them These data show quite clearly that as far as these indicators are concernedthere is no significant difference in the performance of an MP with a criminal record and an MP with no criminal record There areof coursesome caveats to our analysis Our analysis is limited to the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and is based on the information available with the three organisations mentioned above Furthera deeper analysis may reveal that the nature of the questions posed by MPs with criminal charges against them are systematically different from the kind of questions asked by MPs with no charges against them Similarlyit could be the case that the kind of MPLADS spending by MPs with criminal records is different from that of MPs without such a record Only more sustained and systematic research can answer these questions Indeedlaw-breakers should not be lawmakers There is a clear moral position one can take against politicians with serious criminal charges against them But our preliminary data analysis shows that once in officepoliticians with criminal charges against them behave no differently from MPs with no criminal charges against them The data we present suggests that to blame politicians with criminal records for everything that is wrong with our system would not be very prudent The criminalisation of politics is not the cause of the dysfunctional democracy in shlf1314but a symptom of greater malaise in our democracy Kejriwals assertion and Pandas effort is commendablebut will only touch the symptom and not cure the cause In the National Election Study (NES 2009)voters were asked whether they would prefer a candidate with a criminal record who gets work done or a clean politician who cannot get their work done The rural poor said that they would not mind voting for a candidate with a criminal record if the candidate can get their work done They also preferred an approachable politician to an honest politician The poors preference for a politician who can get things done no matter what isin our opinionbecause of the daily actions of a state that either treats the poor shabbily all year roundintimidates themor is simply absent That needs to be addressed The writers are with the Travers Department of Political ScienceUniversity of California at BerkeleyUS For all the latest Opinion News download shlf1314n Express App More Related Newshad a far greater probability of winning elections in comparison to a candidate with no criminal record.s A Fine Balance, Was the government?

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